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Healthy Cookware

If you have been trying to lose weight, save the planet or simply want to eat healthier in the New Year, you may be looking for healthy cookware options. Each of the following types of cookware has their advantages but they may also have disadvantages. After reading about them, consider which one fits your needs most.

Cast Iron

This cookware is naturally non-stick. Using it also adds iron to your diet. You can find this cookware pre-seasoned and with an enamel coating. It is good to be aware, however, that enameled or glazed cookware that is made outside of the United States may not be made with the same safety standards as that made in this country.

Anodized Aluminum

Even though some reports state aluminum reacts with foods and is not healthy, there have been no scientific studies to prove this. However, if you do not want to take a chance, you can use anodized aluminum that is harder and will not react with foods.

Stainless Steel

Considered as being one of the safest of all cooking materi…

Green Grilling Tips

Grilling isn’t just a healthier way to cook these days. It can also be one of the greenest if you keep a few important considerations in mind.

The main concerns will be in relation to air pollution and our carbon footprint when we grill. By planning ahead, we can make our grilling more eco-friendly and eat better than ever before as well.

Steer Clear of Petroleum

Petroleum is often found in lighter fluid and easy to light charcoal. You can usually tell by the smell. Use an electric starter or natural lighter instead, such as a charcoal chimney, an electric charcoal starter, or "fat wood" - pine wood saturated with resin which is highly flammable. Light it and your grill will be ready in no time.

Choose a Quality Charcoal

Not all charcoals are created equal. Look for natural charcoals and lump charcoal made from furniture scraps and waste wood with no chemical additives. This will reduce your pollution and also improve the flavor of your food.

Try a Gas Grill

Gas grills are much mor…

Donating & Selling Old Items

When there are things that are no longer being used, most people end up throwing them away, without realizing that this action is another reason for the continuous increase of wastes in the world. In this article, you will realize that donating or selling items is a much better thing to do instead of throwing them away.Anything that no longer serves you no longer earns a space in your life.

However, one obstacle when it comes to de-cluttering that most people face is deciding on what they can do with the things that they want to get rid of. Sad to say, you can easily get confused when facing this dilemma to the point that some people even get totally immobilized, and they end up failing to let go of their things simply because they can never decide where these should really go.

When it comes to reducing the number of wastes in the world today, do you know that you can help in your own way by donating or selling your stuff instead of merely throwing them to the trash?

Donate or Sell Your …

The Truth About Phthalates and Your Health

You may have read headlines saying that eating out can contribute to weight gain, heart conditions, and other health issues. Now there’s a study that says too many restaurant meals or fast food trips could also disrupt your hormones.

The culprits are a group of chemicals called phthalates, and they’re a subject of growing concern.

This latest study found that adults who ate out frequently had phthalate levels 35% higher than those who prepared most of their meals at home. While all kinds of restaurant, cafeteria, and fast food items increased phthalate exposure, cheeseburgers and sandwiches appeared to carry the highest risk.

This news is important because these chemicals have been linked to serious conditions including asthma, diabetes, obesity, and reduced fertility.

Find out what you can do to limit your exposure and eat healthier.

Cutting Back on Phthalates

It would be difficult to avoid phthalates completely because they’re in many items. That includes shampoo and dish detergent, as we…

Eco Friendly Beverage Bottles

Unless you have been living under a rock, you must be aware of the fact that going green is the talk of the town today. It s a trend which most people follow these days. This is a good sign not only for the global environment, but also our well being. For instance, if you have been to witness a marathon or an Olympic event, you will notice a lot of fluid consumption during the entire event. You don't have to inform a sportsperson to hydrate.

It's more of a natural thing which he/she may already know.  The amount of thrown away items you will see in the trashcan after the event will certainly keep you gazing over the fact that there is a need for a change. When we consider the massive amount of accessories involved in a sports event, it s obvious that going green is a healthy choice. Since there are truckloads of sports event happening in all parts of the world, imagine the immense contribution eco sports water bottles would have on the global environment. Since they are reusabl…

The Power of Yoga

There are several ways of meditate that people use these days. One of the most ancient and powerful one is yoga. Basically, this is a variety of practices that were practiced in the Indian culture. They were termed as spiritual practices. It is believed that through yoga, one can understand past his or her ability. Using the meditation and asceticism that is associated with yoga, people tend to attain a level of insight that enables tem see pats their eyes and understand various phenomena that many cannot with their basic human instincts.
Yoga has existed for over 5000 years and is still going strong. The first place where yoga was used was in Mahabharata by the famous Lord Krishna. He was imparting the skill on one of his students known as Arjuna so that he may see life on another perspective and be able to live a quality life. Since then, yoga has set the pace for meditation practices.
Yoga works in such a way that it unites both the body and the mind making them one strong whole. Th…

Greening Your Wardrobe

The perfect way to show off nowadays is through adorning yourself in clothes, which show that you are serious about environmental care and preservation. Green living is being conscious of and living an environmentally healthy life. There are various ways to achieve this; helping to overcome environmental problems, and finding ways to its solutions, the problem of natural resources, and the ways to rectify them. Domestically how can one live a green life?

Following the basics, and starting from square one. As soon as your leave a room, switch off all lights, do not leave the television on stand-by mode. Try not to use sprays, or else use eco-friendly ones. Save water by taking a shower instead of a bath. Use public transport and car-pooling to become a source of saving the environment from the hazardous emissions from the car. Plant trees everywhere. Switch to a laptop from a desktop. All such apparently small measures need to be taken seriously.

Ethically produced clothes are referred t…

Nature Photography

Nothing is better than taking pictures of nature. Even amateur photographers gravitate toward taking pictures of nature because it’s easier to get a good picture. After all, nature is the most magnificent work of art, and you want to do it justice with your pictures. There are a few ways to make your nature photography look great.

Take Pictures When It’s Overcast

Believe it or not, a good overcast day is an excellent time to take nature pictures. The reason is that the lighting is kind of like having diffused lighting, which makes things look soft and beautiful.

Take Images during Twilight

This works really well if you’re at the beach and can take an image pointing out to sea. The light will play off the different textures and make the image come to life in a different way. It’s a great time to take an image in nature.

Take a Photograph during the Golden Hour

As you know, lighting is one of the most important aspects of taking a good photograph. Nature provides a wide variety of natural lig…

Wind Power

June 15th is Global Wind Day!

Various alternative power supplies like wind power are a very valuable source that could meet the needs of many consumers. 

As of the end of 2014, the United States wind power capacity was at 65,879 megawatts. In 2013, the 168 million megawatts of energy that wind turbines produced resulted in the elimination of 95.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

Wind energy is one of the fastest growing sources of electricity in the entire world and it’s not hard to see why. Wind energy projects do not pollute or contaminate the surrounding area on which they are built. Not only that, a single turbine produces enough energy to power 500 households.

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Eco Friendly Carpet Cleaning

Up until recently consumers were presented with the most potent, harshest chemicals they could purchase to clean their carpet.  However, there are less hazardous, healthier carpet cleaning product solutions these days.  Bio-degradable, non-toxic, non-chemical products and procedures are better for the earth, as well as far healthier for the body and overall well being.

Newer versions of carpet shampoos now have organic formula varieties with packaging that is biodegradable and non-toxic.  This kind of cleaner is safe for kids, pets and persons with asthma or other sensitivities and chemical-induced allergies.

Professional carpet cleaning services also have their own eco-friendly systems.  One offering is dry extraction carpet cleaning.  Pros are using moist organic compounds as cleaning agents and are utilizing more advanced equipment that create less waste.  Some cleaning companies feature powerful, yet non-toxic, cleaning by using oxygenated brightener, which is a color-safe, hypoalle…

5 Ways To Repurpose Clothes

It is a great feeling when you can take a well-loved piece of clothing that has run its course, and turn it into yet another well-loved item. There are many things you can do with your old clothes, with just some creativity and little bit of your time. Here are some ideas for when you are done wearing a particular piece of clothing, but you still want to get some use out of it.

1. Pants to Shorts

Your pants may be too short now, or may have ripped in the knee. This is an easy fix, especially if summer is coming up. Cut the pants off to whatever length you want your shorts to be, and hem them. Brand new shorts, as easy as can be.

2. Denim and Flannel to Quilts

Used denim and materials such as flannel can combine to make classic yet fashionable quilts. It is fairly simple and is a fun project to work on. Any room is given a touch of warmth with a homemade quilt. Simply cut the fabric into strips and sew them together. There are basic sewing tutorials all over the internet that you can follo…

Composting Made Easy

Creating your own compost isn’t difficult to do. You likely already have all the tools and ingredients you need to start composting in your own yard. You can use the compost to improve garden soil for planting. It’s the best way to make the richest garden soil and the healthiest plants.

Using your own compost to make your own soil is an amazing experience. What you get when you’re done is rich, black soil that smells fresh and new. It’s nature at its finest, breaking down the materials into the basic building blocks of life.

Step #1: Gather Carbon-Rich Materials

Shredded newspapers, fall leaves, straw, dead flowers and other brown matter from your yard will work great as brown materials. Spread carbon-rich materials around at least a 3-foot by 3-foot area, making it at least a few inches thick in a sunny location of your yard. If you’re not using a container, use big sticks and fallen branches to create a base area.

Step #2: Add Nitrogen-Rich Materials

Now take green materials like grass, …

The Eco Friendly Shopping Cart

To counteract the damage that mankind is inflicting on the Earth, we need to start thinking about using sustainable products which use as little energy and waste as possible in their manufacture. Here is an ethical shopping list, designed with being kind to ourselves and our planet in mind.

Newspaper – It allegedly takes 63000 trees to make one edition of the Sunday New York Times, a huge waste of CO2 reducing forests, so newspapers can be a waste of resources even if we do recycle them.

To counteract this don t buy a newspaper, read the news online. Every major newspaper in the world has online editions, so ethically speaking you can keep up-to-date with the news without affecting the natural world too much.

Milk – Buy your milk from the milkman. Local dairies use glass bottles which are then washed and recycled, certainly saving on the plastic waste that supermarkets and most shops sell their milk in. Also by using a milkman, who delivers to a number of people in one area, petrol exhau…

Green Jobs are Growing

A combination of legislation and activism is inspiring companies to consider the "green" side to their business. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows environmentally related occupations were projected to grow 38 percent more than all other occupations combined by 2016. The report, "Current and Potential Green Jobs in the U.S. Economy," predicts the highest growth of green jobs will be in renewable power generation, retrofitting residential and commercial areas and in renewable transportation fuels. As a result, universities are increasingly integrating economic, environmental and social issues into their curriculum.

One of these institutions, has created several green focused specializations to build on the school's core degree programs including business administration with a specialization in sustainability management, and electronics engineering technology with a specialization in renewable energy.

"Education needs to reflect this trend for the future lea…

Fair Trade

May 12th is World Fair Trade Day, celebrate by understand what the term fair trade actually means and how it fits in with living a green lifestyle.   

Once you decide that you want to be an eco-conscious consumer, you will connect your environmentalism with other ethical considerations and personal values.  Green consumers often try to source raw materials or buy wholesale from "fair trade" co-operatives and small businesses.  It is not enough to invest in products labeled as being "green".  Green is a mindset and group of values which reflect a dedication to sustainability, being organic, and sourcing fair trade products.  

As the name suggests, fair trade means that the suppliers, such as coffee farmers, are paid a fair wage for their produce, not forced to live on a poverty-level wage. Coffee, tea, and cocoa are just a few of the items you might have in your office kitchen. Fair trade clothing, jewelry and furniture might all be part of your new shopping repertoir…

Simple Meditation Tips for Everybody

We all need to relax after a long days work.  We simply cannot do without it because it is a basic need for all human beings.  When you are relaxed then you are able to handle the worries that we go through from time to time.  This is possible because relaxing equips us and prepares so that with can deal with any kind of stress.  You are supposed to deal with those things which are stressing when you are relaxed. 

You should befriend stress and so you should think of it as the worst enemy of your life and in your everyday circumstances. This is because its effects are long term and it usually leads to illness which cannot be cured within a short time.  It tampers with your health making you not to be able to work effectively.
The best that you can be assured of relaxation is through meditation.  Meditation is simply defined as the exercise of strong and focused alertness whereby there is finely tuned concentration and reflection.  It is highly related to religious matters where one gets…

4 Ways To Get Rid of Garden Pests Naturally

Starting an organic garden is great for your health and can ultimately save you hundreds of dollars each year. However, if you’re not careful about taking preventative measures in your garden, you run the risk of having it attacked by bugs and pests of all kinds which defeats the purpose of saving money.
Using pesticides and other harmful chemicals eliminates the idea of a fully natural garden and such chemicals can cause health problems. If you’ve just started a garden or simply can’t seem to figure out how to remove pests naturally, the tips in this blog post are sure to help you.
1.  Panty Hose

Alright, so you probably never thought that a spare pair of panty hose could keep the bugs away in your garden but they are great deterrents.  All you have to do is take a pair of panty hose and stretch them so that they cover your tomato plants.  This keeps birds, squirrels, and other pests away. 

Pantyhose are very versatile and serve several purposes in your garden.  You can also keep the …

Happy Earth Day!!

Hooray,'s finally Earth Day which happens to be my second favorite environmental holiday!  It also happens to be the largest secular holiday celebrated in the U.S. and the largest civic event in the world and I think that's a pretty awesome claim to fame ;)

Earth day began in 1970 making this year its 49th anniversary.  It broadens the base for support for environmental programs, rekindles public commitment and builds community activism around the world through a broad range of events and activities.  I LOVE that it is celebrated by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. It is a day that promotes conservation and concern reminding us that EVERYONE is responsible for protecting the planet. 

Here's a little Earth Day history for you:

In 1962, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring set the stage for the modern environmental movement.  The New York Times Bestseller sold more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries.  Up until that moment, more than any other perso…